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Same-Day Clinic Services
Art in October
Employee of the Month: Michelle "Missy" Kirby

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Upcoming Events
Open Eye Gallery Committee Meeting 
Fri., Oct. 4 
11:00 a.m. 
At Arundel Lodge.
All are welcome.  Email Katerina Evans or call her at (443) 433-5961 with any questions.

"How to Convince Your Loved One: You Need Help!"
Wed., Oct. 9
7:00 p.m.
Woods Memorial Church Severna Park, MD
A NAMI Anne Arundel event in honor of  National Mental Health Awareness Week. A presentation by Dr. Mark Komrad, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Clinical Ethics Director at Sheppard Pratt, and the author of You Need Help! A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling.  

NAMI Family

Support Group
Thurs., Oct. 10 
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at Arundel Lodge. 
For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel. 
Outer Limits 2013 Show  Sept. 22-Oct. 31 
10001 Old Georgetown Rd. 
Bethesda, MD 20814 
Invitational show with Cornerstone and Studio In-Sight.

8th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway Exhibit
Oct. 12-Nov. 1
Reception: Sat., Oct. 12,
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Art Enables Gallery
2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington, DC  

This year, six Arundel Lodge artists were accepted to participate in this show: Colin Lacey, Christian McCarrol, Margaret O'Brien, Leah Loebner, Haran Wright, and Tony Mezzapelle. Other groups featured include Creativity Explored, First Street Gallery, LAND Gallery, Pure Vision Arts, and over 25 more. Attendees who arrive a little early can also do the surreal art workshop listed below.   


Second Saturday Workshop
Sat., Oct. 12

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Art Enables Gallery

2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington, DC 

Join local artist Krissy Downing, the master of the surreal landscape, and create your own! Krissy will break down simple shape distortion techniques to help you unlock your inner Dali! 

Details are online. This workshop is at the same time and in the same place as the Outsider Art Inside the Beltway art opening--arrive a little early and you can do both!  

NAMI Maryland's
Annual Conference 
Fri. & Sat., Oct. 18 & 19
Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt
Towson, MD
Plenary sessions and workshops on healthcare reform and other important issues. Speakers will include health, government, and advocacy leaders. Details on their website

NAMI Family
Support Group
Thurs., Oct. 24 
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at Arundel Lodge. 
For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel.

Friends & Family
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 21
Save the date! Our annual Friends & Family Thanksgiving Dinner will be on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21. 

Mental Health Links

Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency

NAMI Anne Arundel County 


On Our Own of Maryland 




We are excited to share the news about Arundel Lodge's same-day clinic access services in this month's issue.

Lois Agee demonstrates her visual journal, which she worked on for over two years.
We celebrated Arundel Lodge artists' participation in two art shows last month, the Outer Limits 2013 show at the Ratner and an Art and Visual Journaling exhibit at the Broadneck Library. Here is a photo from the Broadneck show. Visit our Facebook page for more Visual Journaling show photos.

Be sure to check the Upcoming Events sidebar for all the details about a number of upcoming art events, as well as some NAMI programs of interest. Of particular note: the opening reception for the 8th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway show on Saturday, October 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Art Enables Gallery. And mark your calendars: our annual Friends and Family Thanksgiving Dinner will be on Thursday, November 21.

Meeting an Urgent Need: 

Same-Day Clinic Access


Imagine you realize that you or your family member needs to see a mental health professional--the sooner, the better. You wonder how long it will take to get an appointment, since you don't have a provider. You've heard that Arundel Lodge provides services, so you call. The voice on the other end of the phone says, "Can you come in today?" Is this for real?


Yes, very much so, now that Arundel Lodge has developed same-day clinic access. Arundel Lodge NEWS asked Kathleen Kennedy, Practice Manager, how this works. She told us that people who want to be seen for mental health issues can walk in without an appointment and be seen on a same-day basis, rather than waiting for a week or more for an appointment. "They will be seen by our intake coordinator or a therapist or prescriber. The most likely scenario is that they will see the intake coordinator and, after their intake is completed, they will be scheduled with both a prescriber and a therapist."


For years, staff at the Lodge were aware of the unmet need for same-day access in Anne Arundel County. Kennedy explained that some people "have an urgent need to be seen by a mental health professional and don't want to wait. If they are able to been seen here right away, that may stop them from seeking help at an emergency room or hospital." So, the Lodge services have an impact not only on the persons who are served, but on the health system as a whole.


Most people who have used mental health services will describe difficulty in entering the system. It is hard for those familiar with the acronyms, agencies, and paperwork, but it can be overwhelming for those new to all that. While existing clients of Arundel Lodge can get quick access to services in a crisis, the same-day clinic access program is designed to help these new folks. "The people we serve have experienced a certain level of frustration trying to find help," says Kennedy. "In certain instances they have been told that some providers aren't taking new patients. Other providers have a wait time to schedule for weeks or months out."


So, the Lodge's Outpatient Mental Health Clinic built it, and people came. Kennedy remarked that they have been very busy with this new program and are serving many new people. Developing and administering same-day access required thinking through a lot of logistics and details. Staff worked with consultants to help set up the policies and procedures, and the new program works well. New referrals come from many sources, including hospitals, primary care providers, PDG, and other local agencies.


Clearly, same-day access helps individuals and the community as a whole. In addition, it is good for Arundel Lodge. "It helps us in that we no longer have any 'no shows' for initial intakes as none are actually scheduled," Kennedy explained. We learned from her that the Clinic has more efficient scheduling, a larger client base, and most importantly, an increased ability to provide support to those who need it. Kennedy said it well: "Many of the persons we serve are grateful for the immediate service. Many come in feeling very fragile and are relieved to have someone to talk to, to get help."

To contact the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at Arundel Lodge, call (443) 433-5903, or walk in on Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Clinic is located at 2600 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, Maryland.

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Art in October 

Don't miss these two fantastic art shows this month! 

Sept. 22-Oct. 31: Outer Limits 2013 at the Ratner 


This is an invitational show with Cornerstone and Studio In-Sight. The show continues through October 31 at The Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814. You can contact the Museum at (301) 897-1518


The following art by Arundel Lodge artists are included in the show:


"In the Den" by Marisa Bolan

"Sky Sail" by Haran Wright

"Gray Awakening II" by Melinda Cannon

"Blossom" by Lois Agee

"Lighthouse" by Lee Hanson

"Coughing in Space" by Leah Loebner
"Girl with Green Eyes" by Christian McCarrol 
"Bipolar Mandala" by Tony Mezzapelle
"What I see when I close my Eyes" by Margaret O'Brien
"Where Mommy Died" by Joe March
"Progressions Into Ocean" by Colin Lacey
"A Schizophrenic Maze" by Sheryl Perez 

"Blue Boats" by Haran Wright, featured in the Outsider Art Inside the Beltway show

Oct. 12-Nov. 1: Outsider Art Inside the Beltway

This year, six Arundel Lodge artists were accepted to participate in the 8th Annual Outsider Art Inside the Beltway show, produced by Art Enables. This show is a juried event, and Art Enables shared that they received about 300 submissions this year, so this is quite an accomplishment!

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Art Enables Gallery, 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, DC. 

The Arundel Lodge artists are:

Colin Lacey
Christian McCarrol
Margaret O'Brien
Leah Loebner
Haran Wright
Tony Mezzapelle

View art created by groups such as Creativity Explored, First Street Gallery, LAND Gallery, Pure Vision Arts, and over 25 more. This show will run through Friday, November 1.   


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Employee of the Month:
Michelle Kirby, Senior/Somatic Program Manager

The September Employee of the month was Michelle "Missy" Kirby, the manager of the Senior/Somatic Program. Missy has worked for the Senior Program since 2001, making her one of Arundel Lodge's longest-serving employees. Missy is also unique at Arundel Lodge because she has always worked for one program. She started as a Rehabilitation Specialist and took over management of the program in February of 2012.


Why the long commitment to the Senior Program? Missy's commitment to and strong bond with our Senior members is unparalleled. She clearly has a passion for the people in her program, and she is always available to encourage them and solve the little day-to-day problems that arise.


Missy's co-workers enthusiastically nominated her for Employee of the Month. They rightly pointed out that she has done an incredible job with the Senior Program, especially because she took over during a difficult time. Missy became manager following the death of Angie Miller-Marshall, a much beloved long-time staff person and manager. Missy led the program and the members with care and dedication during an intensely emotional transition. Missy is friendly to everyone, great with our members, and a natural leader.


We congratulate Missy and thank her for a job well done.

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